Newt Gingrich’s money, crack cocaine and the Nicaraguan Contras

It appears that the populace in this country is beginning to mirror the civil unrest in other countries.  Citizens here are frustrated and don’t know how to dig themselves out of this quandary.  This frustration is most visible and understandable in the old demonstrations organized and executed by the “Occupy” movement.  This movement is comprised of a wide range of citizens in this country  with the large numbers of people who have never participated in political movements before.  This is a powerful message. But now we have the multiple police shootings as well as random shootings by disillusioned citizens.

You can agree or disagree with  ideals if you can determine exactly what they are but the activities by protestors are the result of an across the board revolt by the citizens of this country.  The problem is that the cause of our economic conditions, the corruption within Washington and in most other political divisions  has not surfaced. All of it  fuels the frustrations.  We the voters of this country hold the most responsibility for our woes.  And at the end of the day we the voters are the only way out of this mess.

Its should be clear to all that political corruption and graft is rampant in our political system.  The Republicans blame the Democrats and the Democrats blame the Republicans.  But we know they are both to blame and are both in bed with anyone who gives them money.

The Occupy movement,was a movement  that made no distinction of political party responsibility for this graft but held the banking and financial system responsible.  There is no doubt that the rich and affluent including the banks are having their way with the political rats in office and to solve this would require getting rid of the rats who willingly perform their corruption  when fed by the rich. The “Black Lives Matter” movement is focused on all branches of government in particular police departments and makes no distinction or points no responsibility on any organization outside of politics.

The responsibility for the unrest is this country seems fragmented and this fragmentation dilutes responsibility.  Does  not the responsibility for political corruption in Washington reside in the halls of Congress?  Does not the responsiblity for the hiring and training of competent policemen and women rest with the political divisions that employ them? We have lived through corruption, graft, government shutdowns, a perpetual state of war etc; etc; etc; Its understandable that the citizens of this country are overwhelmed and don’t know where to focus their anger. The responsibility for the condition of this country seems to be hidden behind the buildings and walls in Washington and every other government building in this country.

Our choice for President in 2016 is certainly one of importance but the congressional elections should not be forgotten.  It should be remembered that the President of this country is only as successful as the support offered by our Congress and unfortunately is appears that the Congress is bought and paid for.  We need new faces who will represent the 99% not their party or their contributors.

The emergence of a non politician, Donald Trump has given some the hope that an outsider can bring change but at this writing, the suggestion that a person like Gingrich as a vice president is baffling.

Newt Gingrich

Gingrich would have us believe that he is somehow a Washington outsider and would be a better choice than the others. Codefore did some checking on him .

Gingrich has been taking money from big business for decades.  During the past five years, Gingrich has raised about $52 million for his tax-exempt political committees including $28.2 million during 2009 and 2010.  Gingrich is not required to list these funds in his presidential campaign financial reports because he didn’t receive the funds. His Tax-exempt committees have received the funds.  He did however report the following direct campaign contributions. The list has a story to tell.

Newt Gingrich has proposed to eliminate Social Security and privatize it. Are we going to trust our social security funds with a plan that is authored by Newt Gingrich? Who will invest it and where?

Of particular note is the fact that Gingrich has received money from a person named Rex Sinquefield  who is at the bottom of the below list.  Rex and Newt know how to collect and disperse funds by stepping around the law.

REMEMBER JACK A.?

  There are other people from Abramoff’s more distant past who also never knew him, such as former Republican House Speaker (and rumored 2008 presidential candidate) Newt Gingrich, who first never met Abramoff during the latter’s firebrand days atop the College Republicans. “Before his picture appeared on TV and in the newspapers, Newt wouldn’t have known him if he fell across him. He hadn’t seen him in 10 years,” Gingrich’s spokesman, Rick Tyler, tells me. That this especially rankles Abramoff becomes clear as he rummages through a box of old memorabilia with me. “Here’s [former Republican Texas congressman and House majority leader] Dick Armey,” he tells me. “Here’s Newt. Newt. Newt. [Former president Ronald] Reagan. More Newt. Newt with Grover [Norquist, the Washington conservative Republican Über-strategist and longtime Abramoff friend] this time, and with [Seattle arch-conservative Republican] Rabbi [Daniel] Lapin. But Newt never met me. [Indicted Iran-contra figure and longtime Abramoff friend] Ollie North. Newt. Can’t be Newt … he never met me. Oh, Newt! What’s he doing there? Must be a Newt look-alike. I have more pictures of him than I have of my wife. Newt again! It’s sick! I thought he never met me!” http://www.vanityfair.com/style/2006/04/abramoff200604

Campaign donation controversy

Sinquefield

Mr. Sinquefield is a major financial contributor to political campaigns in Missouri politics. He has particularly focused on supporting public school vouchers and opposing campaign contribution limits. Despite his philanthropic focus, he has been criticized for creating 100 Political action committees through which to funnel his donations, thereby bypassing legal limits on individual donations to political campaigns. The Missouri Citizen Education Fund has contended that he has essentially ‘bought’ votes on issues such as campaign contribution limits and private school vouchers.

On October 12, 2010, Mr. Sinquefield donated $25,000 to Rep. Timothy Jones, who was running unopposed in Missouri’s 89th district.

Fred Sacher  Gingrich,  Contras and Triad Management

Another interesting Gingrich campaign contributor is Fred Sacher.  Mr Sacher lists his status as retired but he owns a California General Contracting Company.  Sacher and Gingrich go back a long way.  Back to when Gingrich was speaker of the house.  Back to the time Gingrich’s tax exempt political action entity “Contract with America” was receiving money. Back when Gingrich was financially supporting the Nicaraguan contras who were later linked to the transportation of large amounts of cocaine into California.. One of Gingrich’s donators is Triad Management Services Inc.

Mexico/California war on drugs

Triad Management, Inc., is a for-profit corporation owned by Republican fundraiser Carolyn Malenick. Malenick incorporated Triad in the spring of 1996 but appears to have operated the business as an unincorporated entity since at least early 1995.

Triad Management, Inc 105th Congress
; 2nd SessionSenate Report 105-167 Part 5

105 S. Rpt. 167; Prt. 5

 

INVESTIGATION OF ILLEGAL OR IMPROPER ACTIVITIES IN CONNECTION WITH 1996 FED ELECTION CAMPAIGNS

Carolyn Malenick

Triad holds itself out as a consulting business that provides advice to conservative donors about how to maximize their political contributions. Triad (Carolyn Malenik) oversaw advertising in 26 campaigns for the House of Representatives and three Senate races. Triad’s spending may have affected the outcome of some elections. Because Triad is an unusual corporation directly involved in federal campaigns, the Committee investigated its work. Despite the refusal by Triad and its lawyers to comply fully with subpoenas for both documents and testimony, the Minority developed substantial evidence of wrongdoing by Triad.

Triad Management Inc and its affiliates counted many other conservative activists among their large donors. Bank records showed California developer Fred R. Sacher contributed $200,000 to Citizens for Reform and Citizens for the Republic Education Fund in 1996.

Sacher was a major supporter of the Nicaraguan contras during the 1980s, donated nearly $200,000 to GOPAC, a political action committee formerly run by House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.), and in 1995 funded a media campaign to help promote Gingrich’s Contract With America. Sacher could not be reached at his Grass Valley, Calif. home.

An August, 1996, series in the San Jose Mercury News by reporter Gary Webb linked the origins of crack cocaine in California to the contras, a guerrilla force backed by the Reagan administration that attacked Nicaragua’s Sandinista government during the 1980s. Webb’s series, “The Dark Alliance,” has been the subject of intense media debate, and has focused attention on a foreign policy drug scandal that leaves many questions unanswered.  Terry Kohler.

Imagine a President or Vice President Newt Gingrich Who Thinks Rules Don’t Apply to Him

When Newt was speaker of the House, 84 ethics charges were filed against him, and he was reprimanded and penalized $300,000 by a 395-28 House vote, hardly a close divide along partisan lines. That disgrace marked the first time in the history of the House that a speaker was disciplined for ethics violations. The special counsel to the House Ethics Committee concluded that Newt had violated federal law and lied to the ethics panel.

At least the guy is consistent. For a quick refresher course on why we should pay attention when a public servant thinks he doesn’t have to play by the rules, let’s consider some of the more memorable presidential scandals of the last few decades.  Daily Beast http://tinyurl.com/88yq49s

Conservative financier invests in Republicans  by Bob Vitale

Terry Kohler

Just before Newt Gingrich became speaker of the House, he made a pilgrimage to Sheboygan, Wis. Why? Because Terry Kohler asked him.

“Terry and Mary Kohler are such old friends and have been so vital to what we’ve been doing that when they called, I couldn’t turn them down,” Gingrich remarked after delivering a December dinner speech to the Sheboygan Economic Club. “They’ve done so much over the years to make it possible for us to win this majority.”

If Gingrich is fighting a Republican revolution, Terry Kohler — son and grandson of Wisconsin governors and heir to one of the state’s biggest financial empires — is supplying the ammunition. A former Air Force pilot who now flies his own planes, a former politician who now finances others, the 60-year-old Kohler is the biggest individual contributor to Gingrich and his conservative causes.

From 1988 to 1994, according to the Wall Street Journal, the Kohlers gave $714,457 to GOPAC, a political action committee founded by Gingrich. Since the party took control of Congress in January, Kohler has chipped in another $70,000 — more than anyone else in the country. The Kohlers also have given an undisclosed amount to the Progress and Freedom Foundation, a conservative think tank founded by Gingrich, and $9,000 to the Georgian’s campaign committee during the last three elections.

Many have speculated why. Is the president of Windway Capital Corp. — a holding company that owns North Sails Inc., Vollrath Co. and others — looking for a business advantage or a tax break? Those who know Kohler say his motivation is much closer to the surface. “Terry doesn’t think in those terms,” says one Wisconsin reporter who has covered him for years. “He wants to influence the thinking of this country.”

Kohler found an ally in the combative congressman he first met in 1984. Gingrich not only was a fellow Republican who dared to dream of a GOP-controlled Congress, but also had a plan to achieve it. “Our country and our Constitution are worth saving,” Kohler said before the 1994 election. “The only way that it is not going to crash is if the Republicans take control of the House and Senate.”

Gingrich doesn’t have to rely on campaign contributions. He collects money on the side via his political action organizations and he has stepped around the law again by receiving money from the banking industry claiming that it is for consulting services.

The Huffington Post

In recent months, GOP presidential candidate Newt Gingrich has strongly criticized Freddie Mac and sister company Fannie Mae, as well as Democrats in Congress that he claims played a key role in the collapse of the housing market. And yet two former Freddie Mac officials recently told Bloomberg that Gingrich made between $1.6 million and $1.8 million in consulting fees from the mortgage company.

That amount is significantly larger than the $300,000 payment that Gingrich was asked about during a Republican presidential debate on Nov. 9.

The Freddie Mac officials also told Bloomberg that Gingrich was asked to build bridges with Capitol Hill Republicans and help sell the mortgage company’s public-private structure to conservatives.

Gingrich recently said that he hasn’t been a lobbyist since leaving his post in Washington.

Gingrich’s 2011 campaign contributors

Peabody Energy 550,000

Crow Holdings  350,000

Devon Energy  250,000

Plains Exploration & Production  200,000

Workforce Fairness Institute 150,000

American Electric Power 100,000

Arch Coal  50,000

Capital Corp.  50,000

Galliano Marine Services  50,000

Lexington Management Group 50,000

Rowley Co.  50,000

Sheldon Adelson  Las Vegas Sands  1,000,000

Michael Morris  American Electric Power 300,000

James France  Nascar 211,200 (Founded Nascar Circuit and is one of the richest people in the world worth 1.5  billion dollars) Forbes

Stanley Hubbard  Hubbard Broadcasting 175,000   1.9 Billion

Charles Schwab  Charles Schwab & C  150,000 Schwab retirement Plan Services Inc. 4.7billion

Terry Kohler  Windway Capitol Corp. 150,000

Fred Sacher  Real Estate Investor/General Contractor  135,000

Daniel Heard  125,000 (Beer Distributor)

Rex Sinquefield  100,000 Billionaire

 

 

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